Comment: The rise of sustainability

The sustainability agenda has taken a step forward over the past year, from corporate reporting to water industry regulation

So let’s take our thoughts back to the beginning of the year. The talk then was of restricting water use while a dire drought cut great swathes across the country. So now, as the country finds itself wading around, ground saturated and water bubbling up rather than disappearing down drainage systems, it is positive to see government advise Ofwat to consider sustainable development. The economic regulation of the water industry will need in future to take account of not only the long-term interests of economy and society but also the environment.

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